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At 4:19am on July 23, 2009, Craig Faustus Buck said…
Sorry it took me so long to reply to your question, Benjamin. I don't log in here very often. The horns are a permanent fixture, the unfortunate result of an incident involving a goat upon which I can't elaborate until the judge lifts the gag order. Suffice it to say that it's legal in three states, so what's the big deal?
At 9:26am on July 15, 2009, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Benjamin,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author!
At 2:30pm on May 22, 2009, Jimmy Callaway said…
Hey, lemme tell you something in all seriousness: if I in any way really got you off your ass, you lazy bastard, and got you moving towards this, then I am well fucking proud. I am gonna dine out on this for months. Hell of a story, man, really. Just a hell of a story.
At 2:17pm on May 11, 2009, Jimmy Callaway said…
You too, man. Good luck.
At 6:54am on May 11, 2009, Donna Carrick said…
Great Space you have here, Benjamin. Good to see you 'round. Donna
At 3:16pm on May 3, 2009, Jimmy Callaway said…
Any old time, chief. And I'm glad you liked my goofy stuff. Should be more to come.
At 2:53pm on May 2, 2009, Jimmy Callaway said…
Jeez, you're coming to me for advice? Man, you must be hard up...

I guess the main thing would be just to devour as many flash-fictions as possible. Go to Powder Burn Flash, The Flash Fiction Offensive, A Twist of Noir, Flash Pan Alley. Google "flash-fiction" and see what comes up. Get your mitts on a copy of Out of the Gutter.

Then, I dunno, just write some, I guess. Personally speaking, I think a good flash-fiction is like a joke: quick set-up, then punchline. Ba-da-beep, ba-da-boop. Most of the ones I've written have come to me more or less fully formed, although I did revise 'em a bit. And I'll tell ya, I don't think I've written one without at least one more kinda just popping into my head. These things are like Ruffles once you get on a roll. Even if they don't quite work, you should at least have a line or two--some dialogue, a pithy description--that you can use for something else.

I came to these stories as a writing exercise, something to loosen up with. So try it like that. The first ones I wrote were just me trying to see if I could write a full story in only 100 words. Most of 'em were crap, but they did meet that goal. And then I found some that in themselves were perfectly good stories.

Okay, enough blah blah blah out of me. Get to work.
At 6:04pm on April 28, 2009, Brian L Porter said…
Many thanks for your vote. I really appreciate your support.

Best regards

Brian
At 4:30pm on April 22, 2009, Brian L Porter said…
Thanks for your congrats Benjamin. I hope all is going well for you too.

Best regards

Brian
At 2:25pm on April 12, 2009, Sarah Beaugez said…
Thank you for taking the time to read my simply written blog and "get it"! I hope you will read my book when I finally get it finished... I have a self-imposed deadline to finsh writing by the end of June. Wish me luck!
At 6:35pm on April 9, 2009, Brian L Porter said…
Thanks Benjamin,

It is nice to receive such a great review from a fellow author, and in fact the book has received 3 five star reveiws in the space of 24 hours, so I'm highly delighted so far.

Best regards

Brian
At 2:02pm on March 25, 2009, Stephanie Padilla, Editor-NewMysteryReader.com said…
Hi Benjamin,

I see you've noted Hillerman as one of your faves...Is that because of what he writes or where, just curious?:)
At 2:02pm on March 11, 2009, Craig Faustus Buck said…
I was hoping the horns were permanent, but I molted.
At 10:15am on March 8, 2009, Tory Richards said…
Hi Benjamin, thanks for befriending me:)

Debbie
At 10:49pm on March 4, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
Thanks for the invite! Joyce
At 1:19pm on March 3, 2009, Christopher Valen said…
Benjamin,
Thanks for the friend invitation and best of luck with your first crime novel.
Chris
At 9:33am on March 1, 2009, JackBludis said…
Benjamin--
Per your request, you can find BLONDES, BLONDES, BLONDES at:
http://thrillingdetective.com/fiction/06_12_02.html
Happy reading,
Jack

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